Nashville, Tenn. -- July 20, 2010-- Carol Fay Ellison (aka "The Biscuit Lady") will make her final television appearance this Saturday, July 24 when Best Dishes with Paula Deen premieres at 10:30 a.m. CST on Food Network (check local listings for channel). Ellison, who passed away in April, said that this was one of her favorite appearances. Carol Fay was certainly no stranger to TV or Food Network having appeared on shows such as NBC's Today, Martha Stewart, Ellen, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Throwdown with Bobby Flay, CBS’s Early Show and many others.
The episode was recorded last November at Paula's home in Savannah, GA. Tune in to catch the ladies serving up peach glazed country ham with peach corn relish, delicious biscuit bread pudding, yummy pecan pie and, of course, lots of laughs. Carol Fay’s secret biscuit recipe wasn’t revealed on the show, but the Loveless Cafe’s biscuit mix was used in the recipe.
“Paula Deen loves using the Loveless biscuit mix...she orders it by the case,” says Jesse Goldstein, manager of the Loveless Cafe. “She uses it when short on time for ‘almost-like scratch’ biscuits.”
“This episode of Best Dishes is a true testament to Carol Fay's spirit for life and laughter,” said the show’s producer. “We all feel so lucky to have met her and worked with her on this episode.”
This episode of Paula’s Best Dishes re-airs Sunday at 11:30 a.m. CST and Monday at 11:00 a.m. CST and 4:30 p.m. CST.
About Carol Fay Ellison... “The Biscuit Lady”
Carol Fay Ellison brought a smile to the face of everyone she met. As the youngest of 9 children and a single mother herself, Carol Fay knew the value of hard work. She spent most of her childhood in the kitchen with her mother preparing the meals for their large southern family. Her father died when she was only two years old. It was this time with her mother that showed Carol Fay the value of a strong work ethic.
Born and raised in Nashville, Tenn., she first began working at Nashville’s famous Loveless Cafe in 1979 (more than 30 years ago) as a dishwasher while she was still in high school. For years, Carol Fay would watch the workings of the busy cafe while she scrubbed away in the back of the kitchen. One day, after the cook called in sick, Carol Fay stepped away from the sink and in front of the stove. By the end of the night, she had proven her abilities and, over the years, she worked her way up until Carol Fay was, among other things, the keeper of the prized biscuit recipe and the only one that could make the famous old-fashioned preserves. Through the years, many of Carol Fay’s coworkers came and went, but she stayed – never imagining that one day, she would be the face of the Loveless Cafe.
In the fall of 2003, the Loveless Cafe was sold. A new staff and management team no longer saw Carol Fay as just another employee – they knew she was much more than that. During the reopening of the Cafe, when stress was boiling over quicker than a pot of grits, it was Carol Fay who always remained calm. It was Carol Fay that was always smiling. It was Carol Fay that had the answers to all the questions; after all she had done virtually every job in her 25 years at the Loveless.
Carol Fay Ellison was a rare breed. She was hard working, compassionate, dedicated, and most of all, a true gift to those who knew her. The values of hard work and dedication that she learned early on from her late mother reigned true through her entire life. Always giggling, always smiling and always appreciative of the joys in her life. Carol Fay did not greet you with a handshake; she greeted you with a hug. In less than a year after the reopening of the Loveless Cafe, Carol Fay saw her face in LIFE magazine, her name in Gourmet, and her photo on the front page of USA Today. She had the opportunity to make biscuits with Katie Couric and Al Roker of NBC’s TODAY and Harry Smith of CBS’s Early Show, travel to Los Angeles for the Ellen show, teach Conan O’Brien techniques for making great biscuits on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, show Martha Stewart some Southern hospitality on Martha, “Throwdown” with Bobby Flay on Food Network and cook with Paula Deen in her kitchen. Carol Fay was grateful indeed for the chance to live life in a way she never knew existed – to travel the country, meet the stars . . . and for once, to feel like one herself. She passed away April 5, 2010.
About Loveless Cafe:
Nationally acclaimed, frequented by celebrities, world travelers and local appetites alike, the Loveless Cafe remains unchanged in the quaint country charm and genuine Southern cooking that has made it an eating landmark of the South since opening its doors in 1951. The cafe features an all-day breakfast menu as well as a full line-up of traditional supper selections like fried chicken, pork BBQ and Southern sides. And of course those famous biscuits, called “Nashville’s second most important contribution to American culture” by USA Today, the Loveless Cafe is sure to offer one of the best meals you've ever had. For more information call (615) 646-9700 or visit www.lovelesscafe.com.
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